2011 Toguchi Lecture


Peter Bohlin – AIA Gold Medal Recipient


A Joint Meeting with Akron-Canton CSI, AIA Cleveland & AIA Eastern Ohio

Tuesday, September 6 , 2011  – Toguchi Lecture – KSU


“The Nature of Circumstance”

Peter Bohlin’s presentation will relate to his interest in the nature of circumstances. Overall, Mr. Bohlin will outline his belief and interest in shaping our architecture to the particular circumstance of each project and the connection between this and many other aspects of architecture. His objectives: 1) The attendee will understand the nature of man, our senses, how we move, how we touch, our intellect and our emotions, our dreams, our past, our institutions. 2) Understand the nature of place, whether natural or man-made-the tilt and warp of the land, the sun and wind, rain or snow, its attitude, its spirit, the marks of man on a place, a dense urban world or a landscape that reveals its geological past and vestiges of man’s hand. 3) Understand the nature of making, of materials-stone, wood, concrete, steel, aluminum, glass, plastic, fabric. 4) Understand how these and many other circumstances, through intellect and intuition, shape a powerful and sustainable architecture.

Peter Bohlin is a seasoned architect who started his firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson 42 years ago that has since grown to a practice of 150 people in six cities. The man who disdains having an office has designed them for others, along with stores, government buildings, visitors’ centers, and a host of other spaces public and private. In his 55-year career, his designs have garnered close to 500 awards, including his most recent: in early December 2010, Bohlin, 72, was named the 2010 Gold Medalist by the American Institute of Architects. The Gold Medal is the highest individual award given by the AIA and the profession’s highest individual honor, given in recognition of an accumulation of work that makes a significant and lasting impact on architecture.

Location: Kent State University | Dinner – Ballroom Balcony, 3rd Floor | Program – Cartwright Auditorium
Time: 5:00 – Social | 6:00 – Dinner | 7:30 Program*
*There is a short, outdoor walk between the location of dinner and the program. Please plan accordingly. There is no guaranteed parking at the Cartwright Auditorium and walking is recommended.
Cost: AIA Akron & Akron-Canton CSI members – included in 2011 dues.
Non-chapter CSI or AIA members and guests – $50.00
To Register: Contact Carolyne Tinsley at 330-699-9788 or admin@aiaakron.org by noon, Thursday, September 1, 2011.Learning Units: 1 AIA Learning Unit will be issued for this seminar. This seminar is equal to 1 contact hours for other organizations requiring continuing education.

Photo Credit: Apple Computer retail store on Fifth Avenue in NYC by Ed Uthman
via Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY-SA 2.5)

The State of Green Building

Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC

Speaker Forum: The State of Green Building

Wednesday, August 31, 2011 7:00 PM to Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:30 PM

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval
University Circle
Cleveland, OH  44106

Proponents of green buildings have a long list of persuasive arguments they can use to convince clients and developers that green is the way to go. However, with the American economy in distress, the question of marketplace impact on green building, its future implementation and its affect on climate change remains.

Join the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the USGBC, in partnership with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, for a presentation by Tim Cole, Executive Committee member of the U.S. Green Building Council and director of environmental initiatives and product development at Forbo Flooring. He will be joined by a regional panel of green building practitioners comprised of Bill Doty, LEED AP of Doty & Miller Architects, Jon Ratner of Forest City Enterprises and Tim Panzica, LEED AP of Panzica Construction who will provide their insight on local, regional and national green building practices, trends and technologies.

Cost for the event is included in the price of admission to the museum. COME SEE THE CLIMATE CHANGE EXHIBIT AND STAY FOR THE FORUM.

For additional details or to register: Click Here



A.R.E. Study Sessions

Dear AIA Akron Board Members and Associates,

AIA Cleveland and AIA Akron Associate Directors are sharing the duties for A.R.E. Study Sessions. AIA Cleveland is handling the paperwork, documentation and a portion of hosting, but will share a portion of the money with us for Associate benefits such as study material, testing scholarships, speakers, etc.

We are looking for available conference rooms on Saturdays from 9am -2pm that will seat 25 comfortable with tables. The maximum attendance last year was 24 including speakers, but demand may have grown. If you are able to offer your company’s facility, please let me know so Akron can share in offering our support.

We are also looking for presenters for the 7 sections of the Architectural Registration Exam. We hope to have an established professional who has tested in the last 10 years along with a newly registered or recently section passing intern share together their thoughts on material covered and solutions they have developed. The ARE 4.0 is not much different than the previous versions, except for the combination of vignettes, changing the tests into 7 sections instead of 9.

The presenters would be given study material for their section and have the ability to review many weeks prior to speaking. Most study sessions had a walk-through of what was covered, were open to questions and discussions and then participated in the NCARB practice program available free online with the same design challenges for all and only two problems per section. If more speakers are from AIA Akron’s region, it may increase our share in the proceeds.

Below are descriptions of the test sections and what is involved in each for your review. The schedule has not been finalized yet, but we anticipate 1 per month starting in October and will work with your schedule to make the section timing be convenient. We anticipate structural systems and building systems to be co-lead by engineers that have participated in the past. Your time and preparation will be greatly appreciated.

Please pass on the presentation request to all members of your firms and contact me if you are interested in helping the future architects in our area study for these exams.

Best wishes,
Sarah Markley
Phone 330.328.5778

ARE 4.0 Divisions

The ARE currently consists of seven divisions that can be taken in any order. Exams include a combination of multiple-choice, check-all-that-apply, and fill-in-the-blank questions and graphic vignettes. Individual exam guides and exam practice programs are available in the Preparing for the ARE section.


Programming, Planning & Practice

The application of project development knowledge and skills relating to architectural programming; environmental, social, and economic issues; codes and regulations; and project and practice management. [more]

Contains 40 sample multiple-choice questions, one passing and one failing solution for one sample vignette, and a list of references. [Exam Guide] [Practice Program]

Site Planning & Design

The application of knowledge and skills of site planning and design including environmental, social, and economic issues, project and practice management. [more]

Contains 39 sample multiple-choice questions, one passing and one failing solution for two sample vignettes, and a list of references. [Exam Guide] [Practice Program]

Building Design & Construction Systems

The application of knowledge and skills of building design and construction, including environmental, social, and economic issues, project and practice management. [more]

Contains 37 sample multiple-choice questions, one passing and one failing solution for three sample vignettes, and a list of references. [Exam Guide] [Practice Program]

Schematic Design

The application of knowledge and skills required for the schematic design of buildings and interior space planning. [more]

Contains one passing and one failing solution for two sample vignettes and a list of references. Updated July 2010. [Exam Guide] [Practice Program]

Structural Systems

Identification and incorporation of general structural and lateral force principles in the design and construction of buildings. [more]

Contains 38 sample multiple-choice questions, one passing and one failing solution for one sample vignette, and a list of references. An index of references available during the test is included. Due to copyright agreements, the actual pages cannot be displayed on our web site, but will be available during the test. [Exam Guide] [Practice Program] [References Available During the Test]

Building Systems

The evaluation, selection, and integration of mechanical, electrical, and specialty systems in building design and construction. [more]

Contains 42 sample multiple-choice questions, one passing and one failing solution for the sample vignette, and a list of references. [Exam Guide] [Practice Program] [References Available During the Test]

Construction Documents & Services

Application of project management and professional practice knowledge and skills, including the preparation of contract documents and contract administration. [more]

Contains 48 sample multiple-choice questions, one passing and one failing solution for the sample vignette, and a list of references. [Exam Guide] [Practice Program]


Akron AIA, Akron Canton CSI, and Cleveland CSI 2011

Register Now, DON’T DELAY, positions are filling up fast!


July 22, 2010

11:30am Lunch

12:00 Noon – Shotgun Start


The Pines Golf Club

1319 North Millborne Road

Orrville, Ohio 44667 · 330.684.1010

Please be our guest…


Don’t miss the best golf outing of the season presented by AIA Akron, Akron-Canton CSI, and Cleveland CSI Golf Outing which is just right around the dogleg Friday, July 22 at the beautiful Pines Golf Club.

Book your foursome, sponsor a hole, have some fun, and at the same time you are helping to provide scholarships to some very deserving college students.

Akron-Canton CSI’s share of the profits will benefit the scholarship fund so we can again award a scholarship to a deserving student in the construction industry at one of Northeast Ohio’s colleges or universities. The day will include lunch, an 18 hole scramble, dinner and prizes for everyone! It is a great event to bring clients or to reward your employees.


Akron-Canton CSI, Akron AIA, and Cleveland CSI Chapters


Sign up as a foursome, a pair, or even a single golfer!

Golf registration includes: 18 holes of golf (sunshine guaranteed!), lunch, evening reception, dinner, course refreshments, access to practice putting greens and driving range, and DINNER & PRIZES!

$ 100 per person



Event Sponsorship – $1,000.00: Includes a foursome, recognition at check-in table, display table at dinner, two minute commercial, hand out distribution on dinner tables, hole sponsorship, and name and logo identification in the sponsorship program.

Hole Sponsorship – $100.00: Includes signage at a tee on the course

Hole-in-One Sponsorship – $350.00: Includes hole-in-one sponsorship sign, name and logo identification in the sponsorship program.

Course Refreshment Sponsorship – $500.00: Includes handouts on dinner tables, hole sponsorship, signage on the beverage carts, and name and logo indentification in the sponsorship program.

Dinner Sponsorship – $500.00: Includes handouts on dinner tables, hole sponsorship, and name and logo indentification in the sponsorship program



If you would like tickets, please email AIA Akron with your contact information.

Set includes: Taylor Made Burner Plus 5 Iron thru Wedge and a 3 and 4 Hybrid. Complete with a Hunter Carry Bag — a $900.00 value!

$5 per ticket, 3 for $10

Drawing on JULY 22, 2011 – Winner need not be present to win.


Need More Information?

Golf outing registration & sponsorship form click here.

Please right click the pdf link above to download if it does not open in your browser.

AIA OVR Convention – Emerging Professionals

The cost for Emerging Professionals is only $50!


This cost includes the following:

1. OVR Icebreaker Reception on Thursday 9/15/11

2. Any OVR Convention session on Thursday – Saturday

3. All “Unconvention” sessions for Emerging Professionals

4. Exhibit Hall on Friday 9/16/11

5. Cocktail Reception on Friday 9/16/11

6. Breakfast and Lunch on Saturday 9/17/11

7. Cost of a shared hotel room or ½ the cost of a Private room

AIA Ohio visit to AIA Akron

AIA Ohio visit to AIA Akron

Tuesday, July 19th @ 5:00pm – 6:00pm


Please join AIA Akron in welcoming Steve Shinn, AIA (AIA Ohio President) and Jud Kline, FAIA (AIA Ohio President-Elect) for a “State of the State” address to AIA Akron.  This will be a great opportunity to hear what AIA Ohio is planning for the remainder of the year and what the outlook is into 2012.  This will be an open discussion and dialog for everyone.


The discussion will take place at:

AIA Akron Office

2841 Riviera Drive

Fairlawn OH 44333


For reservations, please contact Carolyne Tinsley at admin@aiaakron.org or (330) 699-9788



The Present and Future of KSU’s College of Architecture & the Global Practice of Architecture


The Present and Future of KSU’s College of Architecture & the Global Practice of Architecture

Thursday, June 16th, 2011 6:00pm

Kent State University’s CUDC – 1309 Euclid Avenue, Suite 200, Cleveland, Ohio

Join us on Thursday, June 16th, as Dean Douglas Steidl, FAIA talks about the current condition of Kent State University’s College of Architecture & Environmental Design, Present and Future, the global practice of architecture and its impact on Northeast Ohio.

This event is $10 for all, but free for students.

Please email maryhelen@aiacleveland.com to RSVP.

Windemere School LEED Site Tour

Windemere School LEED Site Tour

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 12:00 PM to Tuesday, June 07, 2011 1:30 PM

Windemere School
2283 Windemere Avenue
Akron, OH  44312

The City of Akron has eight schools pursuing LEED certification currently. This is a great chance  to see an exemplary project as it nears completion under the LEED for Schools designation. All green building advocates are welcome…

Join them for a midday site tour at Windemere School led by Jason Huth and Michael Bridgeman of Panzica Construction and John Wheeler of Braun & Steidl Architects. Some of the sustainable highlights include daylighting, stormwater management and energy efficiency.

No cost to attend this time. But space is limited to 30 people. First RSVP, first serve.

RSVP for this event by emailing info@neogreenbuilding.org & mention Windemere on the subject line.



… coming later this month: JUNE 22-24. Please consider attending, sponsoring and/ or exhibiting at this premier regional sustainable conference. More information can be found at http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/ or you can continue reading below.


The USGBC Cincinnati Regional Chapter will host the annual Greening the Heartland 2011. Attendees from throughout the 12-state region and beyond will converge on Cincinnati for three days to learn, share, and connect. The conference seeks to provide partners in all areas of the green building industry the opportunity to sharpen their skills, increase knowledge, and meet other professionals. GBCI, AIA & more CEUs available. Visit the Work Zone, where GBCI staff will directly answer your LEED Certification, project specific questions.



  • R. Keith Harrison, Jr., Global Product Supply Officer for Proctor & Gamble
  • Julian Agyeman, professor and Chair of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University
  • Scot Horst, Senior Vice President of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Program

Further details can be found here:  http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/keynotes.php



Located in the exhibit hall, GBCI staff will be on hand to answer project specific questions related to LEED Certification. This is a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face and work through some of the complexities that a LEED project may encompass.



36 top-notch sessions selected from over 140 abstracts from as far away as San Diego and Vancouver.  Tracks include: New Buildings ( Commercial), Residential, Existing Buildings ( Commercial) and Community. Presenter details can be found here: http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/presenters.php



Each class will obtain 1.5 CEUs in most cases. Many of these are self reporting. The full conference will offer 13.5 GBCI credits. It is still to be determined how many of those are LEED Specific. We are currently going through the process of obtaining LEED Specific certification for some of these sessions.



80-100 of the most sustainable businesses, products and consultants from across the region will be collected in one location for networking and discussion. Exhibitors will have their own mini conference to share information and learn from outside sources. More information: http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/exhibitors.php



Brett Kordenbrock is our volunteer chair.  He can help you get plugged in. His e-mail address is: volunteers@usgbc-cincinnati.org We do offer free conference admission for student volunteers.



  • Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens “The Nation’s Most Sustainable Zoo”
  • Melink Corporation
  • The University of Cincinnati
  • Over The Rhine

More tour information: http://www.greeningtheheartland.org/tours.php

E4S Akron Network Kick-Off Meeting

E4S returns to the greater Akron area on Wednesday June 8th with a downtown network event hosted at Musica.

They will explore the “state of the community’ as it applies to sustainability and share new learning and insights since we were last together.

Kick-off the 2011 Akron programming on June 8th as they bring back E4S Second Wednesdays in Akron!

Event Details

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Musica, on Maiden Lane, downtown, 51 East Market Street, Akron, OH 44308, US

Program agenda and details to follow.

Click this Link for the event page and to register.

Architecture Is … 2011 Award Winners

‘Architecture Is …’ AIA Akron’s annual competition for T-shirt Design and Essay writing for Grades Kindergarten through 12th grade and Special Education this spring.

The purpose of these contests is to help promote an awareness of the roles that architecture and the built environment play in everyday life. Submissions reflect each student’s personal interpretation of just what “Architecture is …” This program has been enthusiastically received by students and teachers alike and we are looking forward to their participation again this year.

This years program took place on May 3, 2011
at Camp Y Noah – Green, Ohio

Check out the winning artwork below.

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Many thanks go to The Ruhlin Company who is a BRONZE LEVEL sponsor for Architecture Is …
The Ruhlin Company